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WILLIAM WARBURTON, D.D.
LORD BISHOP OF GLOUCESTER.
A NEW EDITION,
IN TWELVE VOLUMES.
TO WHICH IS PREFIXED
A DISCOURSE BY WAY OF GENERAL PREFACE;
SOME ACCOUNT OF THE LIFE, WRITINGS, AND CHARACTER
BY RICHARD HURD, D.D.
LORD BISHOP OF WORCESTER.
VOLUME THE THIRD.
Printed by Luke Hansard & Sons, near Lincoln's-Inn Fields,
FOR T. CADELL AND W. DAVIES, IN THE STRAND.
PROVES THE NECESSITY OF THE DOCTRINE OF A FUTURE
STATE TO SOCIETY, FROM THE OPINION AND CONDUCT
SECT. I. Testimonies of ancient sages and philosophers,
concerning the necessity of the doctrine of a future state
SECT. II. That none of the ancient philosophers believed
the doctrine of a future state of rewards and punishments,
though, on account of its confessed necessity to the sup-
port of religion, and consequently of civil society, all
the theistical philosophers sedulously taught it to the
people. The several senses in which the Ancients con-
ceived the permanency of the human soul explained.
Several general reasons premised, to shew that the
ancient philosophers did not always believe what they
taught, and that they taught the doctrine of a future state
of rewards and punishments without believing it: Where
the principles that induced the ancient sages to make it
lawful to deceive for public good, in matters of religion,
are explained, whereby they are seen to be such as had
no place in the propagation or genius of the Jewish and
Christian religions. In the course of this enquiry, the
rise, progress, perfection, decline, and genius of the
ancient Greek philosophy, under its several divisions, are
considered and explained
SECT. III. Enters on a particular enquiry into the senti-
ments of each sect of philosophy on this point. The
division and succession of their schools. The character
of Socrates; and of the new and old Academy. The
character and genius of each sect of the grand Quaternion
of theistic philosophy, the Pythagoric, the Platonic, the
Peripatetic, and the Stoic: shewing that not one of these
believed the doctrine of a future state of rewards and